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Stokes Company Publishers Copyright, 1905 On a windy night of Spring I sat by a great fire that had been built by Moors on a plain of Morocco under the shadow of a white city, and talked with a fellow-countryman, stranger to me till that day.
We had met in the morning in a filthy alley of the town, and had forgathered.
He was a wanderer for pleasure like myself, and, learning that he was staying in a dreary hostelry haunted by fever, I invited him to dine in my camp, and to pass the night in one of the small peaked tents that served me and my Moorish attendants as home.
He consented gladly.
Dinner was over--no bad one, for Moors can cook, can even make delicious caramel pudding in desert places--and Mohammed, my stalwart _valet de chambre_, had given us most excellent coffee.
Now we smoked by the great fire, looked up at the marvellously bright stars, and told, as is the way of travellers, tales of our wanderings.
My companion, whom I took at first to be a rather ironic, sceptical, and by nature -unimaginative globe-trotter--he was a hard-looking, iron-grey man of middle-age--related the usual tiger story, the time-honoured elephant anecdote, and a couple of snake yarns of no special value, and I was beginning to fear that I should get little entertainment from so prosaic a sportsman, when I chanced to mention t...

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